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Warriors' roster looked way different in previous 33-point home loss

Warriors' roster looked way different in previous 33-point home loss

There aren't many reasons to talk about the 2009-10 Warriors, aside from it being Steph Curry's rookie year. But Tuesday night's loss was a blast from the past in the worst of ways. 

The Warriors' 128-95 loss to the Celtics at Oracle Arena was the team's worst home loss since Steve Kerr took over as head coach. And it goes back much further than that. The 33-point drubbing also was the Dubs' biggest loss by point margin since Nov. 28, 2009.

A lot has changed since then.

Back then, the Warriors' starting five was Curry, Monta Ellis, Corey Maggette, Vladimir Radmanovic and Mikki Moore. Yeah, that's a bit different than Steph being surrounded by Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins. 

On that November night, the Warriors lost to the Lakers, 130-97. The loss dropped them to 5-10 on the season, and they finished 26-56. 

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In Year 1 of the Curry era, he played second fiddle to Ellis, who led the team in scoring with 18 points in the loss, while the rook dropped 13. A little over nine years later, Steph scored 23 points in Tuesday's loss, which was far from his best showing. 

The Warriors' latest loss was a night to forget. But when you look at where they've come from since that 2009 season with all the championships and accolades, it's a friendly reminder that it always could be worse.

Warriors rookie Eric Paschall is finding his way during the preseason

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Warriors rookie Eric Paschall is finding his way during the preseason

SAN FRANCISCO -- Four months ago, the Warriors had a pretty good idea they wanted to select Eric Paschall with their second-round pick. 

Following a four-year college career, Paschall -- though listed at 6-foot-7 -- impressed with his athleticism, defensive prowess and basketball IQ. Only one question remained: Would he fall to the 41st pick?

"We were kind of holding our breath," Warriors coach Steve Kerr admitted Sunday afternoon. "Hoping for him to fall and it happened. We're lucky to have him." 

As the Warriors get through training camp, Paschall is beginning to make good on Golden State's trust. Through two games, he's averaging 11 points, three rebounds in 22 minutes. More importantly, with big men Kevon Looney and Willie Cauley Stein injured, he's been tasked to guard multiple positions defensiveness, often the opponent's best player, impressing the staff along the way.  

"Really excited about Eric," Kerr said. "The strength, the explosiveness. He may be undersized from a height standpoint but he's got long arms so he makes up for some of that. To me, he fits right in, maybe even stands out on an NBA floor athletically from a strength and explosion standpoint."

Six months ago, Paschall - who signed a 3-year, fully guaranteed $4.2 million deal, in July -- was competing for a third straight Final Four appearance with Villanova, playing against zone defenses and the structure of college basketball. When he entered his first preseason game, Kerr tasked him to guard All-NBA big man Anthony Davis. 

In the second quarter of last week's loss to the Lakers, LeBron James took a pass at half court, dribbled three times and barreled into Paschall's chest for an easy layup, emphasizing the rookie's steep learning curve. 

"It's kind of weird because you see these guys, AD is on the cover of [NBA 2K] and my first game I have to guard him," Paschall said. It's kind of crazy but I'm glad Coach trusts me enough to go out and guard those guys."

An adjustment has manifested off the court as well for Paschal. Long a resident of the East Coast, he wasn't much of a driver and still doesn't have a license, despite being 22 years old. Following practice Sunday afternoon, Paschall waited outside Chase Center as fans walked with a bag packed for a weeklong trip, waiting for fellow rookie Jordan Poole to take him to San Francisco International Airport for the team's trip to Los Angeles. 

While Paschall has impressed thus far, his NBA dreams weren't destined. Despite averaging 26.0 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as a junior at Dobbs Ferry High School (NY), Paschall only garnered interests from mid-major schools like Virginia Commonwealth, George Mason and Providence before enrolling at nearby Fordham. After transferring to Villanova following a coaching change, Paschall won two national titles but was just a second-round pick. in June's NBA draft

"My whole life I've been underrated, Paschal told NBC Sports Bay Area. "To be able to be here is a blessing in itself."

Entering the season, Paschal comes to an organization in transition. Three months removed from Kevin Durant's departure, coupled with the Klay Thompson's knee injury, the Warriors are left to navigate the start of the season with eight new additions. Nonetheless, the team has established stars like Draymond Green and Stephen Curry, who have defined roles. As his tenure progresses, Paschal hopes to be added to the Golden State's lineup of stars. 

"Eventually, I feel like I can come into my own at this level," Paschal said. "But now, especially as a rookie, you just have to do what they say and do what you got to do to stay on the court but I feel like eventually in this league I'll be able to play my game and I hope it's with the Warriors." 

"I feel like I ended up being in a great spot," he added. "They gave me a great contract and I feel like in these next few years, I feel like I can contribute, to try to do what I can to just bring whatever they want me to bring to the table." 

NBA rumors: Raptors could trade Kyle Lowry after $31M contract extension

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NBA rumors: Raptors could trade Kyle Lowry after $31M contract extension

The Warriors don't play the Raptors in an NBA Finals rematch until March, but they might see point guard Kyle Lowry before that. 

Toronto recently signed Lowry to a one-year, $31 million contract extension, pushing his free agency back one year to 2021. That doesn't mean he will be a Raptor for that long, though. 

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said on "The Lowe Post" that "a lot of the reason Toronto signed him to the deal is he is easier to trade under contract for next year at $31 million."

It sounds like there could plenty of interest in the five-time All-Star from two intriguing Western Conference teams, too. While the two colleagues brought up the Heat and Pistons as possible destinations, Lowe and Wojnarowski also named the Clippers and Timberwolves. 

This certainly could spell bad news for the Warriors. The Clippers are trying to take Golden State's crown as the kings in the West with the additions of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, and Lowry could be the icing on the cake. 

Lowry played a key role for the Raptors on their way to winning their first championship in franchise history, averaging 16.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.0 rebounds per game against the Warriors. 

Adding Lowry to the T-Wolves could be a tough pill to swallow for the Dubs, too. If the Warriors struggle without Klay Thompson as he rehabs his torn ACL and the new roster can't find chemistry, they could be fighting for playoff contention. Behind star big man Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota might be the team to make a leap this season.

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With the departure of Leonard, the Raptors might fall in the Eastern Conference standings. It long has been speculated that president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri has wanted to tank to some degree and field a much younger roster. This could be the perfect season to do so. 

Shipping Lowry to a new team would start a fresh era of basketball in Toronto. If that team is in the Western Conference, the Warriors won't be happy.